Luther on Women: A Sourcebook

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Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 2003 - History - 246 pages
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Martin Luther contributed extensively to the sixteenth century 'debate about women' with his writings on women and related subjects such as marriage, the family and sexuality. In this 2003 volume, Merry Wiesner-Hanks and Susan Karant-Nunn bring together a vast selection of these works, translating many into English for the first time. They include sermons, lectures, pamphlets, polemic writings, letters and some informal 'table talk' recorded by his followers. The book is arranged into chapters on Biblical women, marriage, sexuality, childbirth and witchcraft, as well as on Luther's relations with his wife and other contemporary women. The editors, both internationally-known scholars on Reformation and women, provide a general introduction to each chapter, and Luther's own colourful words fuel both sides of the debate about whether the Protestant Reformation was beneficial or detrimental to women. This collection will make a wide range of Luther's works accessible to English-speaking scholars, students and general readers.
  

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The Renaissance and the Reformation challenged Medieval beliefs on women. As the reluctant leader of the Reformation, and as a pastor, Luther found himself in the middle of the controversy, especially ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Eve and the nature of women
15
Mary
32
Biblical women other than Eve and Mary
58
Marriage and the family
88
Sexuality
137
Childbirth
171
Katharina von Bora Luthers wife
186
Luther and other contemporary women
202
Witchcraft and magic
228
Further reading
238
Index
242
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Merry Wiesner is Professor of History and Director, Comparative Study of Religion Program and the Center for Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Susan Karant-Nunn is Professor of History and Director, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, University of Arizona.

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